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The workplace of two, three decades ago may have been filled with negatives like a blatant lack of diversity, sexual harassment that often went unreported and unpunished, and restrictive articles of clothing like pantyhose, pumps and neck ties. But at least the expectations were clear when it came to where we worked, when we worked and how we were supposed to feel about work. With remote work basically nonexistent, we commuted into the office every day to work during traditional business hours, knowing we would leave our professional lives at the door every Friday afternoon and not be barraged by after-hours calls or emails. And during that time spent in the office, exhibiting ambition and a drive to get ahead was admirable, due to a consensus that hard workers earned promotions and slackers could get the boot.

The workplace culture of today, however, is suspended in a confusing, fuzzy gray area. The pandemic led to the normalization of remote work and the opportunity to reflect on whether “hustle culture” was a healthy path to follow or if greater prioritization should be given to things like downtime with family and friends, hobbies, self-care and travel. The Great Resignation gave workers and job seekers more leverage than they’d ever had before, forcing some employers to give in to their demands for remote work options and flexible schedules in order to attract and retain talent.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.

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